Revision of ANSI/AMCA Standard 230

Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International recently revised ANSI/AMCA 230, Laboratory Methods of Testing Air Circulating Fans for Rating and Certification. This updated version is designated ANSI/AMCA 230-15. The standard required changes to add clarity to test procedures and to include large-diameter ceiling fans. The document is available for purchase from the online AMCA store.

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New reinforced concrete design manual

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) recently published The Reinforced Concrete Design Manual, a companion to its ACI 318-14, Building Code Requirements for Structural Commentary. This two-volume manual provides guidance and assistance for those engaged in the design of reinforced concrete structures. By giving numerous examples of various reinforced concrete members based on a seven-story building, this 15-chapter publication is a valuable companion and guide to ACI 318-14. The book can be purchased in hard copy …

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New gypsum guidance document

Abuse-resistant and impact-resistant gypsum panel products are designed for application in high-traffic areas such as gymnasiums, hospitals, loading docks and stairwells. The new guidance documents from the Gypsum Association (GA) provide knowledge concerning the composition of the material, cover the appropriate ASTM tests and classification levels, and clarify the difference between the products. This guide can be found online.

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Updated technical report on dowel equations

The American Wood Council (AWC) has revised its Technical Report (TR) 12, General Dowel Equations for Calculating Lateral Connection Values. Changes to the report include more options for connecting wood members and information on using stainless steel, aluminum fasteners, and connectors. This report allows designers to determine the effects of member thickness, member strength, fastener size, and fastener strength on lateral connection values for the majority of connections found in wood construction. It also allows …

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American Society of Civil Engineers’ new publication

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has published a new book, Building Information Modeling: Applications and Practices. This comprehensive overview of recent advances in the architectural/engineering industry includes the use of building information modeling (BIM) as a framework for structural design, as well as in cost estimation, adaptive cyber-physical systems, construction progress monitoring and project management, green project delivery, commissioning and facilities management, military construction, model assessment, and integration with augmented reality. This book …

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